The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Association has said the directive issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to security agencies to shoot any unauthorized person seen carrying AK-47 also affects Amotekun operatives and other ethnic militias.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, during an interview with BBC Hausa on Wednesday, disclosed that the President had issued a directive to security operatives to go into the forests and shoot anyone seen with dangerous weapons such as AK-47 rifles.
Reacting to Garba’s comment, Saleh Alhassan, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore National Secretary, in an interview with SaharaReporters, said every non-state actor carrying rifles is bound by the order.
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He stated that the association does not have any problem with Buhari’s order because herders do not carry AK-47 rifles.
“First and foremost, our members don’t carry AK-47 riles. But if you have criminals that carry weapons, they are not state actors. So, if the President who is the Commander-in-Chief and whose responsibility it is to ensure law and order in the country, has given a directive, we should comply.
“Everyone, including vigilantes and Amotekun; I don’t think any law permits any non-state actor to carry AK-47 rifles. Since they started going after herdsmen in South-West, have they arrested anybody or have they killed anybody in the forests? At least, we should see their corpses. They are just displacing innocent herders.
“Amotekun officials should by this order stop carrying AK-47 rifles. It is implied… all these ethnic militias. When they say people are carrying AK-47 rifles, they are non-state actors and the government has waited for so long. Even those who got licences, did they get license for AK-47 rifles or just for pump action and dane guns?”